Sep 18 2009
Once upon a time, when Abby was 5 years old, she was playing in the bathtub while her dad supervised.
I was in the other room, which provided me with an excellent eavesdropping opportunity.
Here’s what I heard:
Abby: “Daddy, where do babies come from?”
Greg: “Beth?! I’m going to need you for a minute!”
Well, tonight was payback.
Ian, age 9, and I were reading a book titled A Dolphin Is Not A Fish. This book was for homework and provided by Ian’s school.
Each page contrasts the differences between dolphins and fish. For example, “A dolphin is not a fish. They do not breathe the same.” And “A dolphin is not a fish. They do not swim the same way.”
Toward the end of the book, we read, “A dolphin is not a fish. They do not have babies the same way.”
Fortunately, Ian assured me this was very old news to him. Whew! I totally escaped this one, I thought gratefully. Until my son felt compelled to explain.
Apparently, fish have babies from eggs…
…whereas dolphins poop their babies out.